Dhumal boasts 95% achievements under NRHM
Himachal Pradesh has achieved 95 percent targets under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) implementation since the inception of the programme. This was revealed by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister in the letter written to Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, Union Health Minister by him to put the record straight some statements of low expenditure under the Mission Programme being made by different quarters were given wrong impression amongst the people.
Chief Minister said that the State had optimumly utilised the budgetary provisions made for the State under NRHM which was evident from the fact that the infant mortality rate (IMR) had dropped in the State to 11 percent, institutional deliveries increased from 50 to 70 percent and total fertility rate reduced to 1.7 in the State. He said that similarly there were other achievements under the Mission programme where the State had made remarkable achievement. He clarified to the Union Health Minister that the achievement of Himachal Pradesh during BJP regime had been 102 percent compared to 48 percent during Congress regime. He said that out of the budgetary allocations received under NRHM during Congress regime of Rs. 8469.07 lakhs for the period from 2005-06 to 2007-08, expenditure had been only Rs. 4168.21 lakh, which amounts to only 48 percent of the allocations during those three years of Congress rule in the State. He said that during BJP regime beginning from year 2008-09 to 2011-12, total allocation under the Mission amounts to Rs. 48423.37 lakh out of which expenditure of Rs. 49511.09 lakhs had been incurred, which also included the balance unspent budget pertaining to Congress regime and the achievement had been 102.20 percent, more than double to the achievement made during previous Congress regime.
He said that the State now had best health indicators and ranked amongst the front running states of the country in implementation of different health programmes and creating quality health infrastructure to cater to the health requirements of the people of the State. He said that the State had been ranking at number one in Health Sector during preceding years and NRHM had supplemented the efforts of the State Government towards strengthening the health network in the State. He urged Union Health Minister to continue his support towards the State so that better and efficient health services were made available to the people, especially those residing in the remote and difficult areas and who deserved such health care services more than the others.
Press note released by Information & Public Relations HP Govt.